AI research lab releases code to help with speech recognition

Yesterday, Baidu Research’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL) released open-source code called Warp-CTC to GitHub. The goal is for this code to be used in the machine learning community. Warp-CTC is a tool that can plug into existing machine learning frameworks to speed up the development of artificial intelligence, and according to SVAIL, it will speed up development by 400x compared to previous versions. “The code enables training of neural networks for tasks like speech recognition and OCR,” said Erich Elsen, a research scientist at SVAIL. (Related: Using deep neural networks as programming assistants) Warp-CTC is an open-source implementation of the CTC algorithm for CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs. CTC is an objective function that can be used while doing supervised training for sequence prediction, without knowing the alignment between the…

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